Wellbeing Projects
We run charity wellbeing projects across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. Over the past 15 years our charity work has reached over 39,000 people across the region. Below are some examples of our project work.
About our projects

The Hive’s Wellbeing Projects provide a safe path to personal and community growth. We use inspiring, inclusive, creative experiences to transform lives, engaging professional musicians and artists to help those in our communities who face challenges in their lives.

Our project participants in 2021 included: care experienced young people, adult carers, young adults in touch with mental health services, siblings of young oncology patients, autistic young adults, young people with special educational needs, young people living in poverty and young adults living in supported housing.

Our projects are also designed to respond to the needs of our local communities and implement targeted work with older people, as well as inter-generational projects.

For more information on any of the projects listed, please email admin@hiveonline.org.uk

All of our Wellbeing Projects work towards four core outcomes
1

Feel positive and more confident

2

Feel comfortable in being who they are

3

Value working with others

4

Build their own resilience

1817

Number of participants we engaged with in 2021

820

Approximate number of participants aged 5-14 in 2021

570

Number of participants aged 15-35 in 2021

213

Number of participants aged 35-55 in 2021

125

Face to face workshops delivered in 2021

137

Online workshops delivered in 2021

Our 2022 projects
Parachutes
Funded by Children in Need

Creative sessions which enable parents, carers and children aged 5 and under to form joint experiences and memories whilst building relationships and developing children’s creativity, sensory and essential social skills. Interactive sessions take place two to three times a month during term time at Riversway Elim Church.

Hidden Waterways
Funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund and Shropshire Council

An intergenerational community project exploring the heritage and tales behind Shropshire’s hidden canals and waterways. Through creative workshops we engage participants in traditional and modern art forms and how they can be used as a vehicle for storytelling; use creativity as a tool to improve mental and emotional wellbeing; and improve community cohesion and pride in the local area. Workshops so far have included pottery, photography, and poetry. We’re programming even more activity this summer and we’re looking for participants to take part.

MYCollege
Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund – Reaching Communities; Wynn Foundation; Tesco Bags of Help; and The Community Foundation for Staffordshire

MYCollege works creatively to boost confidence, encourage connection and get 16 – 30 year olds living in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin believing that “they can”. Specifically designed to support those experiencing transitory challenges in life and help them gain independence. Participants aim to learn new skills, make connections with others, explore ideas, build confidence and have fun. These workshops are led by our team of professional artists. Access by referral, for example from: adult mental health team, care leaver support team, education pastoral care team, young adult carer teams.

Young Programmers
Funded by Arts Council England: Supporting Grassroots Live Music

Engaging young people aged 14 – 25 years in professional elements of concert promotion, with a focus on developing skills and experience in high-quality artistic programming, sound engineering, marketing and promotion for small-to-medium sized venues. This project can be accessed by young people living in Shropshire, Telford or Wrekin who are interested in forging careers as music industry professionals and attending as younger audiences

Cultural Investigators
Funded by Arts Council England: National Lottery Project Grants

Starting in Summer 2022, this project is about recognition, celebration, and promotion of local culture amongst young people in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. Working with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people aged 5 – 18, we explore the artistic and cultural inspiration that The Hive has provided over the years and use this, alongside a choice of exciting creative opportunities to engage young people in realising the potential for their own cultural futures. The young people become researchers, learners, practitioners, performers, and curators.

Shining Stars
Funded by Youth Music

Music-based workshops for looked after children aged 10 – 17 to record a series of podcast episodes around their interests and issues affecting them. Encouraging young people to use music and creativity to build confidence, relay messages and make positive connections with their peers and wider community. This is a continuation project and will resume in Spring/Summer 2022.

I learnt new songs and got to know the group. The tutors encourage us to do new things and use more ideas, and they explain how we write songs as a group

Social anxiety is something I used to struggle with. Since I have been involved with The Hive, I am much more confident in contributing to discussions and speaking to others

The Hive team are really supportive. If you’re unsure about anything, you can contact the staff. You can talk to the tutors, tell them how you’re feeling and why you’re nervous

MYCollege has been a fabulous preparation for him moving into the world of Higher Education as a full-time student

I learnt a lot of new professional and technical skills. The experience gave me insight into how the industry works and increased my ambition

Our Wellbeing Project Partners and Funders

We are proud to partner with some amazing organisations to help strengthen the cultural and creative connections with children, young people and adults living in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. The support we receive from our funders allows us to continue to deliver a diverse range of enriching activities and programs.

Our Funders
Our Partners
  • SongLab
  • Crossroads Together
  • Grain Photography
  • Shropshire Autism Hub
  • Shrewsbury Town Council
  • Ignition
  • Riversway Elim Church
  • Shropshire Council – Shropshire Virtual School
  • Shropshire Council – Leaving Care Team
  • Shropshire Inclusive Dance
  • Shropshire Youth Support Trust (SYST)
  • Asyst
  • Telford Council Voluntary Service
  • Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network
  • Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings
  • Strawberry Studios
  • Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Taiko West
  • Ubiquitous Arts
  • ArtShack
  • Virtual Shropshire
  • Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust
  • Shropshire Archives
  • Shrewsbury Library
  • Shrewsbury BID
  • Arts Alive
  • Shropshire Ethnic Minority Association
  • Parent and Carer Council Shropshire
  • HAF Holiday Activities and Food Programme Shropshire
  • Ty Gobaith
  • Hope House
  • The Evolution Centre
  • Vision Homes Association
  • Bethphage
  • Trident Reach
  • Positive Steps
  • Seeds of Change
  • DASH Arts
How can you support our Wellbeing Projects?

For more information about any of the projects please contact admin@hiveonline.org.uk

Sponsorship

Support letters

Social media testimonials

Award recommendations

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